Battle of the Drugstore Cleansing Waters; Malaysian Drugstore Version

I am not about to make grand announcements that this will be a series I will do regurlarly.

However, I do want to continue doing this with other products as well.

Anyway, this is a battle of the drugstore cleansing waters; Malaysian edition.

Just to be clear these aren’t Malaysian brand, just brands available in the Malaysian drugstore market.

I pitting 5 cleansing waters from 4 brands.

The Contenders!

The Contenders!

Will rate them based on;

  1. Effectiveness (how well makeup is removed)
  2. Gentleness (any irritation to my eyes, which aren’t sensitive to begin with, I rate it 0)
  3. Packaging (in terms of being easy to use and if its travel friendly)
  4. Taste (yes! this matters because I tend to remove lip products off with them as well)

Price seemed redundant because these are all affordable products at the drugstore. I based rating on a 5 point scale, 0 being the worst and 5 being best performing. I will also list price per 100 ml, and look out for additional notes on each product. A winner will be named at the end.

Before going on, I share below the look that I created for this experimentation. I did the exact same look for all the experiments.

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Products used;

Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base

Stila In the Light palette

Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner

Silkygirl Big Eye Collagen Mascara (Waterproof but easy to remove)

Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner

Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

uptown visions Concealer (product and brand no longer available)

MAC Studiofix Powder NC45

 

How I put all the cleansing waters to the test is to generously soak it onto a facial cotton pad, hold it onto my eyes for 10 seconds making sure the entire cotton pad is constantly in contact with the eyelid. After 10 seconds, in one gentle and thorough swipe, makeup is removed with the cotton pad.

 

First up Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Pure Active

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Pretty well done.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

Quite a lot of product on the cotton.

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Average point: 2.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This has alcohol in it and irritated my eyes a fair bit, hence the 0 points for gentleness.

 

Maybelline Micellar Water

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Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.

All the mascara on the cotton!

All the mascara on the cotton!

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Average point: 3.25

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 12.45

Notes: Although packaging is only received 2 points, it is actually the safest to travel with although not the most convenient to use.

 

Biore Perfect Cleansing Water

The product.

The product.

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Pretty effective although a tiny bit of mascara was left behind.

Most of the makeup off.

Most of the makeup off.

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Average point: 2

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.70

Note: The most bitter tasting and the one that hurts my eyes the most!

 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

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So much makeup left behind. And you can see my eyes still wet from the cleansing water.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad.

Not much mascara and liner on the pad compared to the others.

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Average point: 1.5

Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.45

Notes: Taste pretty bitter, only second to the Biore and irritated my eyes just as much!

 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

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Not as effective as its blue counterpart.

Much of the makeup is off.

Much of the makeup is off.

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Average point: 2.75

Retail price per 100 ml: MYR 11.60

Notes: This didn’t irritate my eyes and it usually removes any residual makeup with a second swipe.

 

OVERALL SCORES

overall

Cheapest per 100ml, Simple Micellar Water (MYR 11.45)

Most expensive per 100ml, Maybelline Micellar Water (MYR 12.45)

Difference of one ringgit which is a tiny compensation given that the Simple scored the lowest.

SO my champion is………………………..

 

MAYBELLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you are reading, I do hope you find what you were looking for or find some relevant information here to make a judgement call. This is solely my experimentation and my point of view, albeit being properly put to the test.

Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Water Review

Back to our regularly scheduled posts!

Previous Maybelline reviews (here, here, and here).

This is the Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Water review, which is basically a type of cleansing water/makeup remover.

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The product.

Some description on the bottom.

Some description on the bottom.

More description. Take note of the phrase "...removes light makeup..."

More description. Take note of the phrase “…removes light makeup…

Clear liquid that foams up when shaken. The blue appearance is due to the bottle.

Clear liquid that foams up when shaken. The blue appearance is due to the bottle.

Screw cap bottle.

Screw cap bottle.

 

Description: Makeup removing micellar water that claims to have the effect of a toner and refresh the skin. Available in a 120ml screw cap bottle. Foams up when shaken or agitated.

Where to buy: Drugstores, supermarket; most places that carry the Maybelline makeup booth.

Price: MYR 19.90 and as usual, subject to promotions and sales!

 

A small test;

I have the works; pigmented eyeshadows, cream and powder foundation, liquid and pen liners, lipsticks and liquid lipsticks.

I have the works; pigmented eyeshadows, cream and powder foundation, liquid and pen liners, lipsticks and liquid lipsticks.

One swipe with a cleanser soaked cotton, after a few seconds on the makeup.

One swipe with a cleanser soaked cotton, after a few seconds on the makeup. There is still a lot of makeup left. I can still see foundation and the liner obviously.

Cleaned but traces of makeup can still be seen.

Cleaned but traces of makeup can still be seen.

Ewww..... By the way, I did rub a little more vigorously than I would if it was my face. The one thing to consider is that description on the back of the bottle says that it removes "light makeup".

Ewww….. By the way, I did rub a little more vigorously than I would if it was my face. The one thing to consider is that description on the back of the bottle says it removes “light makeup”.

 

Pros:

Very light on the skin.

Doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable on the skin.

Gets the job done.

Haven’t had any unwanted reactions to it.

Doesn’t have a bad taste (read my Biore review here, you’ll know why this is important to me).

 

Cons:

It does cost a little bit more than my Biore cleansing water (ml for ringgit) and isn’t as effective (being ineffective isn’t a con because it is mentioned on the packaging it can be used to remove “light makeup”). Since it isn’t as effective, I seem to use more product to get makeup off than the Biore.

Pump absent; a cleansing water can easily come with a pump unlike a dual layer makeup remover (a dual layer makeup remover needs to be shaken and poured out and only then will the two layers mix).

Since pump absent, wastage tends to occur sometimes.

 

Rating

7.6/10

The product itself isn’t the problem although my Biore Cleansing Water does work better. Cost and packaging kind of points me back to the Biore instead of this one. Unless of course one wants to use it as a toner.